Lilies

Drawn to the philosophy of making “art for art’s sake”, Moore emphasized the formal elements of this painting, its color and design, over narrative subject matter. The painting’s title, Lilies, redirects our attention from the reclining figure to the painting’s decorative details—the lilies growing from the blue-and-white vase, the rug on the floor, the subtle folds and textures of the various fabrics, and the way these details combine to make a balanced composition.

Albert Joseph Moore

English, 1841–1893

Lilies

1866

Oil on canvas

11 11/16 x 18 7/8 in. (29.7 x 47.9 cm)


Acquired by Sterling and Francine Clark, 1928

1955.818


ON VIEW